- Suspected gunmen have killed some farmers in Idiyan area of Oyo state
- The ugly incident happened on Monday, March 8, hours after the arrest of Iskilu Wakili
- Wakili was alleged to have been terrorising the people of Ibarapa axis of the state
Barely 24 hours after the men of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and other vigilante groups arrested and handed over the notorious Fulani warlord terrorising the Ibarapa North area of Oyo state, Iskilu Wakili, to the police, suspected gunmen have killed four farmers in the area.
Legit.ng reports that the gunmen on Monday, March 8, stormed Konkobudo village, Idiyan axis, a border village located between Ibarapa North and Iwajowa local government areas of the state and killed the innocent men on their farms.
It was gathered that the gunmen on motorcycles shot the farmers who were asleep on their farmland, adding that the criminals also hacked their victims before fleeing the village.
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In a statement signed by his special assistant on media, Kehinde Aderemi and seen by Legit.ng, the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, raised the alarm over the killing by men believed to be Wakili's men.
According to the report, two of the men killed were said to be members of the community police in the area.
Iba Adams said the four men were killed in the most gruesome manner, adding that the audio and pictorial evidence at his disposal indicated that the killers have been terrorising the village and its environs, engaging in untold kidnapping, killing.
He noted that they have also collected over N800 million as ransom from their captives.
"Wakili men have displaced more than a million residents in the over 10 villages in Oke Ogun. They have raped and killed residents at will. The late Alhaja Sherifat, and the late Dr. Fatai Aborode and several others were killed, and they are still on a rampage till today. They have been terrorising our people for more than six years. Wakili was a comedian, pretending to avoid being investigated. He was hail and hearty but started pretending shortly after he was captured.
"It is sad that Kidnapping and killing still continue unabated without any clue as to the time it will end. Today, four men were hacked to death at Idiyan village, and it is sad and most unfortunate that the police have not been able to unravel the killers till the present time"
Adams expressed worry that the security situation in the southwest is becoming too worrisome, maintaining that the situation could have been so worse if not for the efforts of the OPC.
The Yoruba generalissimo, however, warned criminal herders to stay away from the region, disclosing that OPC and other local security operatives will continue to ensure that the region is safe for residents.
Adams, while reacting to the arrest of four members of the OPC that nabbed the notorious kidnapper, said it is purely an admittance of failure for the police to arrest our gallant men that had assisted them in nabbing the notorious kidnapper, Wakili and three of his men.
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"With the detain of the OPC members, it shows that the police are ready to frustrate the efforts of the people. The police that are supposed to commend the joint security team for complementing their efforts went ahead to detain them unjustly, alleging arson and killing of an unknown person, and up till now, the police have failed to unravel the killers of the four men. People are beginning to lose confidence in the ability of the police, it will be disastrous for the police to lose the respect of the people."
Adams, however, urged the police to release the members, and concentrate on getting rid of the Igangan forests of bandits and kidnappers.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Wakili finally met his waterloo after his arrest by the operatives of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).
It was reported that Wakili, known for seizing hectares of farmlands, molesting the women of the host community, and kidnapping the rich men for ransom in the Ibarapa axis of Oyo state, was nabbed on Sunday, March 7.
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